Nicolas Lambelet Coleman

Region: South


City / State: Durham, NC

 I am a figurative painter with a particular focus on self-portraiture and the intersection of self-conception and the physical environment. I think of my work as being primarily about spaces. In my portraits, the figure often takes a secondary role to the interior or exterior atmosphere in which I position myself. These settings are crucially informed by my own experiences, memories, and travels. Growing up in the South to a blended Black and Swiss family, much of my identity was constructed through a process of self-invention to which my art was central. I now use myself as a kaleidoscopic subject in my work to subvert the boundaries that we have constructed around identity and the tribal nature of what it means to be human.